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Teaching Ideas for Foreign Languages

November 1st, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, November 1, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Teaching Ideas – Foreign Languages

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a menu of over 30 ideas for helping children ages 5-11 learn foreign languages. When you get to the site you will see a list of activities to choose from. Many of the free activities are game suggestions that will help kids learn vocabulary, numbers, colors, food names, and words for various body parts. While some of the activities offer examples in the French language, you can certainly substitute ANY foreign language you are currently studying and get great results.
Reinforcing language skills through playing games is a whole lot more fun than typical drill and practice work suggested in textbooks – and many of these activities can be done in the car, at the grocery store, at an airport, and while waiting in line just about anywhere.

Fun, Foreign Language Games Online!

August 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 2, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Apples4TheTeacher: Foreign Languages

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This is really cool! Today’s site offers FREE interactive games to practice elementary foreign languages. When you get to the site look for the menu that includes:
  • American Sign Language – Learn to fingerspell and create your own printable sign flashcards.
  • Gaelic Games (Ireland) – Learn all about Ireland by turning the pages of an electronic book. You’ll even hear a story in Gaelic.
  • Polish Games – Follow the dot-to-dot game and learn to count backwards in Polish!
  • Spanish Games – There are 4 interactive Spanish games that teach the correct pronunciation of the letters of the Spanish alphabet, how to count to 20 forwards and backwards, and how to say the names of parts of the face.

What a fun way to introduce foreign languages and/or reinforce them!

Learn a Foreign Language with Linguanaut

July 19th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 19, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Linguanaut

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are interested in learning some basic foreign language skills, then this ad supported site might be a good place to start. Choose from over 50 different languages from around the world and learn important words and phrases as well as alphabets. Some language lessons include verbs, adjectives, ‘survival terms’ (words and phrases used in emergencies), and other important words. Some languages available are: 
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Portuguese
  • Norwegian
  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • French
  • Farsi
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Korean
  • Italian
  • Hebrew
  • Polish
  • Arabic
  • And many more

Using the upper navigation bar you can also select from the following:

  • Phrases
  • Alphabet
  • Language Tests
  • Videos
  • Virtual Keyboard
  • Free Translation
  • Fun Page
  • Find Language Tutors

Once on one of the above sections, you can refine your selection further by selecting from the available languages.

The virtual keyboards are “a keyboard on steroids loaded with characters to help you write” and include international keyboards for Farsi, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, and more. There are also printable language tests and videos for some language lessons.

Before leaving this site, be sure to stop by the Fun Page for some learning games such as Morse Code and Encrypt Messages.

Free Online Foreign Language Translator

May 17th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, May 17, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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SDL FreeTranslation.com

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, useful translation tool for anyone interested in translating to and from English for:
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Norwegian
  • Russian
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese

When you get to the site you will see the free translator. Type in the word or text you want to have translated, select the language you want it translated into, and click “Free Translation.” In a minute your request is completed.

This is a great tool for a student studying a foreign language who needs a little help with a word or phrase – and it’s also fun to see different words or slogans translated into a number of different languages – and then compare and contrast the differences.
This IS a commercial site that sells translation tools and services – but you don’t have to purchase anything to use the free translator provided at the site.

A World of Foreign Language Greetings Just a Click Away

February 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, February 22, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Jennifer’s Language Page

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

The goal of this website is to teach people how to say words and phrases in every language of the world! When you get to the site just click on the menu item that interests you and find out how to say:

  • “Hello” in more than 800 languages
  • “Thank you” in more than 500 languages
  • “Goodbye” in more than 450 languages
  • “How are you?” in more than 425 languages
  • “What is your name?” in more than 330 languages
  • “My name is…” in more than 275 languages
  • “Welcome” in more than 325 languages
  • “Good morning” in more than 250 languages
  • “Good afternoon” in more than 160 languages
  • “Good evening” in more than 230 languages
  • “Good night” in more than 225 languages
  • “Please” in more than 270 languages
  • “I don’t understand” in more than 255 languages
  • “Do you speak English?” in more than 215 languages
  • “Yes” in more than 550 languages
  • “No” in more than 520 languages

 

The translations are all in text. This is a terrific resource site that offers a fun way to introduce languages of the world.

Fun Foreign Language Interactives!

September 21st, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, September 21, 2013 and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Digital Dialects

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This website offers a variety of interactive online games that help foreign language learners acquire basic language skills in a relaxed and fun way. Audio files have been incorporated into some of the animations so you can hear the correct pronunciation of the words and sentences.

As explained at the website, you’ll find “The world’s major languages, with a cross-section of languages from diverse regions,” represented including:

  • Arabic
  • Bosnian
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch/Dutch Advanced
  • English
  • Farsi
  • French/French Advanced/French Geography
  • German/German Advanced/German Geography
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian/Italian Advanced
  • Japanese
  • Maori
  • Norwegian
  • Polish/Polish Advanced
  • Portuguese – European & Brazilian
  • Russian/Russian – Advanced
  • Spanish/Spanish Advanced/Spanish Geography
  • Swahili
  • Turkish/Turkish – Advanced
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

When you get to the site just click on the language of choice. A new page opens with a selection of games. Some languages have more than others and the menu may include:

  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Colors
  • Days and Months
  • Food
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Numbers
  • Phrases & Greetings
  • Units of Time
  • Verbs
  • Verb Conjugation
  • Vocabulary

Geography games that help familiarize learners with the locations of cities in countries are included for just a few of the major languages.

This is a terrific educational tool to enhance learning foreign languages.

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